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Panel condemns safety standards

Updated: April 15, 2011, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

GENEVA -- A panel investigating the death of open-water swimmer Fran Crippen during an October race in United Arab Emirates said Friday there is an "urgent need" to improve the sport's safety standards.

An independent task force appointed by swimming's governing body following the drowning of the 26-year-old American said some rules were not followed by organizers in Fujairah or race officials.

The five-member panel led by Gunnar Werner, a Swedish lawyer and former FINA vice president, ...

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